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California Policy Webinar | Looking at 2017: Implications for California

Monday, December 19, 2016 -
9:00am to 11:00am PST
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This special California Policy Forum which is happening both in person for those in the Los Angeles area and being made available to NCG members, will explore the impact of the election on the state. The program will provide a statewide overview of the election's impact and provide an opportunity to join a conversation with leaders in health care, immigration, and the environment about potential impacts.

With the results of the Presidential election come potential changes in California’s Congressional delegation and multiple state measures that will alter the impact—for  better or worse—of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

Together, we'll dive deeper into some of the top areas that will likely be affected in the first 100 days of the new administration, which include the Affordable Care Act, current immigration policies, and CA environmental justice efforts.

If you are in the LA region we encourage to join in person by registering here.

Come Join Us

  • Get a high-level overview of current political landscape
  • Learn what will happen to the political landscape with newly consolidated power in Washington, D.C. and how will it impact California
  • Explore how Covered California be impacted if the Affordable Care Act is repealed
  • Hear how current policies such as DACA, and SB 1005 (The Health for All Act), may be impacted by an immigration reform overhaul

Target Audience

This program is free and open to current SCG, NCG, SDG, League of California Community Foundations and CalNonprofits members.


  • Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Dr. Peter Long, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • Dr. Manuel Pastor,  Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, USC
  • Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute, CSU Los Angeles (Moderator)    
  • Parke Skelton, Owner, SG&A Campaigns          

The California Policy Forum is a series of webinars presented in partnership with CalNonprofits , Philanthropy California (a collaboration between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers), and the  League of California Community Foundations.

Speaker Bios

Marielena Hincapié
Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center 
Marielena Hincapié is Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center, the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. Under her leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier immigrants’ rights organizations, strategically using a combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies to effect social change. Hincapié is seen as a bridge builder within the immigrants’ rights field as well as across broader social justice sectors. She began her tenure at NILC in 2000 as a staff attorney leading the organization’s labor and employment program and served as NILC’s director of programs from 2004 to 2008. Hincapié has also worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco’s Employment Law Center, where she founded the Center’s Immigrant Workers’ Rights Project. She holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law, served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and is currently a member of the Jobs with Justice, Welcome.US, and Center for Law and Social Policy Boards of Directors.

Dr. Manuel Pastor
Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-Director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations. In recent years, his research has focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the U.S. He has co-authored several books, including: Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions and Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future. Dr. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community. He has received a Civic Entrepreneur of the Year award from the California Center for Regional Leadership and the Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award from Liberty Hill Foundation. He is a member of the Building Resilient Regions research network sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation.

Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein
Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, CSU Los Angeles
Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles.  Previously, he was Chair of the Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice at CSU Fullerton. He received his B.A. from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. He is the author of three books on Los Angeles politics and government.  Dr. Sonenshein served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles (Appointed) Charter Reform Commission. He served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Review Commission. He was named Best Educator and Distinguished College Faculty Member at CSUF and has received a Wang Family Excellence Award. Dr. Sonenshein was the first winner of the campus wide Carol Barnes Award for Teaching Excellence and one of two co-winners of the Haynes Foundation Research Impact award. He was the fall 2008 Fulbright Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Paris 8.

Parke Skelton
Owner, SG&A Campaigns 
Parke Skelton is the owner of SG&A Campaigns, regarded as one of California’s most successful and creative Democratic campaign consulting firms. With over 30 years of experience, SG&A has guided scores of successful candidate and ballot measure campaigns throughout the state. Skelton's clients have included: State Treasurer John Chiang; State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; and State Controller Betty Yee.